It’s been a busy year for the world’s only open data trade association! We started a new sister organization, welcomed nearly two thousand people to our events, testified before Congress, and celebrated the Senate’s passage of landmark legislation. Our members made all this possible.
Here’s what kept us all busy – and why it mattered.
Bringing our Case to Congress
Our members can do amazing things with government information – but only if it is standardized using searchable formats, and freely published as open data. At our second annual Capitol Hill Fly-In on January 27, our members got a chance to explain this
directly to their representatives in Congress.
We met with supporters of open data from both parties, including Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI), and Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC). All three went on to champion open data in 2016: Issa’s Financial Transparency Act gained visibility and cosponsors, Schatz’ OPEN Government Data Act passed the Senate, and Meadows chaired three DATA Act hearings.
We also announced some big changes: the Data Transparency Coalition changed its name to the Data Coalition, and a new sister organization, the Data Foundation, was born.
Demonstrating Open Data’s Benefits for State Governments
In the first week of March, the Coalition team set off for the California State Capitol in Sacramento for our second California Data Demo Day. Hosted by Socrata, with additional sponsorship from the Department of Better Technology, the event spotlighted California’s step-by-step progress in adopting consistent data standards to make its data searchable and publishing it for all to scrutinize and use.
In the last week of March, we were invited by the Arkansas state government to deliver presentations on how open data improves transparency, enables better internal management, and automates compliance.